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Ford's Theatre
at E Street NW 511 Tenth Street NW Washington, DC 20004
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4 stars
Brunch at Bistro d'Oc quite nice and very reasonably priced. Parking next to theater is $15 on a Sunday but building a block away is $10 - enter on 11th bet. E & F.
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The Spy Museum is close by. We did both and had a perfect day.
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"Black Pearl Sings!"
39 ratings
4.5 average rating
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8 events
6 reviews
3 stars
attended Oct 04 2009

Very good event! We were familiar with most of the songs and liked the presentations. Both actresses were very good. Parking cost in the garage was reasonable but signs were not clear for exit from the garage.

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5 reviews
3 stars
attended Sep 25 2009

Dialogue for Pearl was sometimes difficult to understand if you are unfamiliar, but otherwise an excellent performance.

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3 reviews
3 stars
attended Oct 04 2009

Great story, with very keen treatment of many socio-cultural issues. Tonya Pinkins was fabulous! Kudos to the set and wardrobe designers.

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“Black Pearl really sings…[The play] reaches into the soul of a nation and pulls at the heart and mind…poignant and often funny…involving and emotionally charged.” —Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Moving, funny and intellectually compelling.”_ —Houston Press_


By Frank Higgins

Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson

Susannah, a song collector for the Library of Congress, travels the country seeking little-known melodies. When she encounters Pearl in a Texas prison, she discovers dozens of musical treasures rooted in the African tradition. Pearl must decide whether to give away her ancestors’ songs for a chance at her own freedom. Music unites strangers in a powerful story that illuminates America’s racial divisions and the attempts of two women to bridge them. Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins makes her Ford’s Theatre debut in the title role with Erika Rolfsrud as Susannah. Jennifer L. Nelson returns to direct for the first time since her critically acclaimed production of Jitney.